Marvin Lewis describes future as “complicated”

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Marvin Lewis will meet with Bengals owner Mike Brown this morning, and it’s assumed it will be to shake hands and part ways after 15 years.

But Lewis insisted after yesterday’s emotional win over the Bengals that nothing was decided, and that it wasn’t just as simple as Brown asking him to stay.

It’s more complicated than that,” Lewis said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com.

Lewis said he’d like to coach, and he’d like to coach the Bengals. But his contract has now expired, and the meeting with Brown is expected to cover not just the future of his job but his assistants’ as well. There’s a press conference scheduled for noon, however, so it’s going to be a quick meeting.

He was emotional after the win over the Ravens (where Lewis rose to prominence as a coordinator).

“I wouldn’t be in Cincinnati if it wasn’t for them,” he said. “I love to come here and they know what they’re going to get when I come here. Our guys are going to fight through the end.”

He didn’t give his players any clue about his future, however.

“Marv is always emotional,” said Brandon LaFell. “Y’all just don’t see it. He’s always emotional. It always looks like he’s going to cry. He’s definitely emotional, especially beating the team that he coached, beating this franchise that he coached at for so long. I’d get emotional also.”

Lewis is 124-112-3 in 15 years with the Bengals, but lacks a playoff win in seven appearances. If that doesn’t sound good to you, consider the 12 straight non-winning seasons that preceded his arrival, when the Bengals were a combined 55-137 (.286 winning percentage) under Dick LeBeau, Bruce Coslet, Dave Shula and the final year of the Sam Wyche era.

15 responses to “Marvin Lewis describes future as “complicated”

  1. The Bengals’ owner Mike Brown didn’t give Lewis his usual extention last year and he is the one that has to be pleased. The Bengals’ fans have grown tired of the constant state of mediocrity and something will have to change.

  2. You know that if that game yesterday meant anything to the Bengals, Lewis and Dalton would have lost like usual.

  3. Mediocrity shouldn’t be the standard for success in any job.

    When bouncing your rival from the playoffs is your big moment in the year, you know you still have a mess on your hands.

    Who Dey? Who cares.

  4. Lewis is 124-112-3 in 15 years with the Bengals, but lacks a playoff win in seven appearance!!!
    That tells you all you need to know.
    In such a results oriented business, how did Lewis hold on to his job for 15 years?

  5. Just go away Lewis.
    Take Daulton with you.
    How many times in the Ravens game did Daulton hear footsteps and simply throw it away.
    He never makes anything happen. He plays scared. He is off target way too much.
    It’s time for complete change. Go away Lewis, the whole staff (including that little doctor guy with the white mustache) and move-on from Daulton.
    If Baker Mayfield is there at 12, take him !!!
    Hope the arbitrator rules in Bengals favor, let McCarron play a while, then Baker !!!!

  6. Except for a bonehead Burfict penalty and a Pacman hit to an unhurt AB, the Bengals under McCarron had Pittsburgh beat in that playoff game a couple of years ago. The victim of that are many and Marvin, who seems like one of the best people in the world to have for a next-door neighbor, was the one really hurt. Whatever happens, he can say he went out by beating two teams with now-dead playoff hopes.

    Be well, Marvin.

  7. Without question, Marvin Lewis turned around this terrible franchise. He is to be applauded for his efforts, especially given some of the ownership hurdles which he helped to soften. However, with lots of talent, he has consistently failed to win any meaningful game. For that alone, he should not be back. I think the players need a new voice, someone from outside the organization who can motivate them to get back into the playoffs and win that elusive game. Thank you, Marvin, for turning my Bengals from a laughingstock into an actual competitive football team.

  8. “Lewis is 124-112-3 in 15 years with the Bengals, but lacks a playoff win in seven appearances. If that doesn’t sound good to you, consider the 12 straight non-winning seasons that preceded his arrival, when the Bengals were a combined 55-137 (.286 winning percentage) under Dick LeBeau, Bruce Coslet, Dave Shula and the final year of the Sam Wyche era.”

    …and the Bengals went to 2 Super Bowls in the 80’s. What’s your point? Marv did a good job turning the team around…way back in 2003. The Bengals just kept him around 10 years too long.

  9. There’s decent-good and there’s championship-good. Marvin Lewis is a decent-good coach. While that’s better than a bad coach, there’s only so much of that a fan-base and ownership can stand before they have to make a change. Lewis isn’t as bad a coach as other infamous mediocre coaches like Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden, but he’s also not going to win anybody any Super Bowls either. He earned more money this year than most of us will in the rest of our working lifetimes, so I’ll wish him well in his future endeavors but I’ll not feel sorry for him if he’s fired.

  10. I think the complicated part is that he doesn’t want to leave his players, but he knows that isn’t a great job, and he’s already probably wasted the prime of his career coaching there. Bengal fans will get a rude awakening when Brown elevates Gunther or hires somebody else inexperienced, and they go back to the way things were before Lewis negotiated in his contract last time for things he wanted done to improve football operations. For all you need to know of how that organization works, the Bengals were waiting to pounce on either Jay Gruden or Hue Jackson to fill their coaching vacancy if Lewis leaves.

  11. As a life long bengal fan (born in the 80’s) I’ll always appreciate what Lewis did for this franchise. We had some dark times and he really gave us hope. I truly like Marvin and I think he can win a Super Bowl as a head coach, I just don’t know if it can happen in Cincinnati any more. I wish him the best regardless of the outcome. Thanks for the memories Marvin, WHO DEY!

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